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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, January 22, 2015

Capt. Tom Van Horn
January 24, 2015
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, January 22, 2015

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Events and Seminar:

February 7, 2015 9 am - Free Hook Kids on Fishing Program at Birdaplooza. To preregister your kids for this event go to www.birdapalooza.com. Volunteers are still needed for the Apopka Wildlife festival's Hook Kids on Fishing program. Please contact me if you can help teach kids to fish.

This Week's Fishing Report

The weather and the fishing this past week were as pretty as it gets here on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. Calm slick days, temperatures in the seventies, great clients and hungry fish. It doesn't get any better then that. This week the schools of black drum moved up on the skinny flats, and the slick conditions made them easy to find. The above photo is of two young anglers, Matt and Cole, who shared a school of black drum with us. In this photo, Matt and Cole battle a double hook up on fly.
Sometimes, working schools of fish together improves the catching and the fun for all.

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Today, cold air is blowing in from the frigid north, so it looks like I will have to break out my winter shorts and batten down the hatches for a few days.

This week I had the pleasure to fish the same clients for several days in a row. The charter was a mixed bag of good friends and family featuring Tom Simms from Elizabeth City North Carolina, Neil Kirkpatrick from Ormond Beach and Ralph Matchok from Murphreesboro Tennessee, and although a full boat is a handful at times, fishing with them was a hoot.

On day one it was a bit cloudy and calm, but day two was one of those Chamber of Commerce days we all move to Florida for. In the above photo Neil proudly displays his 40 plus pound black drum.

As for American shad, the number reported are starting to pick up, but the run is still very slow. The best report I herd last week was 7 shad and 1 sunshine bass caught in the old Marina Isle area. Although receding, the water levels on the St Johns River remain high, and the shad have not showed up in and concentrations yet. We are typically catching good numbers of shad by now, so I must say the shad run is very discouraging so far. Hopefully the shad run will improve soon.

As always, if you have any questions or need more information or would like to book a fishing charter, please contact me.

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
407-416-1187 on the water

Target Species:

Black Drum

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Light tackle saltwater fishing guide service on Florida's east central coast. Come fish the Mosquito Lagoon, the Indian River Lagoon and the Banana River Lagoon for redfish, sea trout, snook, tarpon and much more, all less than one hour frome the Orlando theme parks.

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Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
540 Lake Lenelle Drive
Chuluota, FL 32766
Phone: 407-416-1187
Alt. Phone: 407-366-8085
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